make your own BUBBLE COMPOUND (May, 1950)

Glim was a brand of dish washing soap

make your own BUBBLE COMPOUND

WITH a startling new formula worked out particularly for MI readers, you can produce rainbow-colored bubbles that last longer and are more brilliant than the old-fashioned kind made with a soap base. In addition to the natural rainbow coloring, it is practical to add luminous powder to the new formula so that the bubbles will glow when produced in the dark.

The best of the soap-base bubble compounds can be made with materials in which a good grade of ordinary Castile soap (not the “super-fatted” kind) is shaved into a powder with a workshop plane or kitchen grater. Use the following proportions:

Powdered Castile Soap ……………. 1 part.
Water, soft or distilled………………20 parts.
Glycerine ……………………………………15 parts.

Add a minute amount of fluorescein dye, if desired, to give the resulting liquid an opalescent color. The dye is available at most drug stores.

Results with the above formula cannot compare with those of the new MI compound. The main ingredient, Glim, is sold by most grocery stores. The following proportions will make about 3-1/2 ounces of solution:

Glim ………………………………………………..15 cc.
Glycerine ……………………………………….30 cc.
Water ………………………………………………60 cc.

The above will result in a honey-colored solution which does not require the addition of dye to produce colored bubbles. If you want to experiment with luminous bubbles, merely add sufficient luminous paint powder. A suitable non-toxic powder is sold by Firefly Products, 118 Brook St., Elgin, Ill. The luminous bubble liquid requires “charging” by exposure to a strong light before use. It should be used outdoors, for the bubbles will leave a spot of the luminous powder wherever they burst. A loop for “blowing” the bubbles is easily formed by shaping the end of a heavy wire around a pipe of about 3/4 in. diameter.

—Kenneth Murray

4 comments
  1. Hirudinea says: July 2, 201211:46 am

    What’s Glim?

  2. Toronto says: July 2, 20122:58 pm

    Like Charlie says at the top, it was a dish washing soap.

  3. Toronto says: July 2, 20127:46 pm

    The “Suds-o-matic” advertized on the second page says it can spray DDT – 55 tablets for $1, in fact. Not a typical alternate use of a car-washing product.

    Funny – I always think of DDT as oil-, not water-soluble. (They used to fog it around the neighborhood mixed with diesel fuel.)

  4. Hirudinea says: July 5, 20122:29 pm

    @ Toronto – Yea, but what kind of dish washing soap, was there something special about it that made the bubbles better or was it just product placement?

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